Smile, Listers! It's set to be a sunny one again this weekend, and boy have we got a great list of things to do in Melbourne! From wine degustations, to a bit of art 'n' culture, to some shopping and home-reno therapy, there's a bucketload of fun to be had. Spring Racing events, balls, festivals… it doesn't get any bigger or better than this!
So don't stress about your gloomy looking weekend, because shiz just got real busy, real fast!
Immerse yourself in an urban oasis at Metropol in St Kilda, as Marlborough wine label Stoneleigh presents 'Wonder of Nature'. Sip and swill a range of Stoneleigh wines, paired with tasty canapés, all the while listening to local DJ sets. The space has been designed by stylist, Steve Cordony (Design Editor of Belle Magazine), with a lush suspended garden created by floral sculptor, Katie Marx. Running until the 28th of February, head to this unique Cellar Door experience, submerge your senses and sip on some Stoneleigh. Bliss! What's more, there's wine to be won! Simply take a photo of you or your mates enjoying Stoneleigh Metro, post it to instagram and tag #stoneleighmetro. Each week, the snapper of the most creative shot that captures the 'Wonder of Nature' will win a case of Stoneleigh wine. Huzzah!
Wonder of Nature, Stoneleigh Metro | Metropol in St Kilda
16th October - 28th February | Tasting prices vary
If you love Go-To beauty products as much as we do, then you'll want to make it to the Go-To pop-up store in Westfield Doncaster! Haven't tried Go-To, the super fab beauty range by our girl crush, Zoe Foster-Blake? Here's your chance! Pop on down and have a chat to the lovely 'Go-To Captains', take some selfies, nab a complimentary branded water and test and try the wonderful range of beauty bliss that Go-To has on offer. Bombs away Bombshells.
Go-To Pop-Up | Westfield Doncaster | 16th - 19th October
In foodie news, the Kerala & Co South Indian Dosa Bar is set to pop up at Mighty Boy Eatery tonight! Co-designed with Laura Neville, the Executive Chef at Cafenatix / Code Black, the menu will be simple and fresh, with the likes of coconut pork ribs with chilli jam and pickled vegetables, Keralan fish curry and, of course, many delicious variations of dosa. Holy moly, yum! The pop-up is set to run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night for the next six weeks (with the possibility of extension).
South Indian Dosa Bar | Mighty Boy Eatery in Fitzroy
Life is like a box of chocolates when it comes to movie releases and their questionable calibre. Luckily, the old classics get a repeat run now and then, like Forest Gump at the Melbourne Museum IMAX cinema this month. Opening tonight at 6:30, with screenings running until Sunday the 19th, run Listers run, and book tickets now before they sell out like a former child star!
Forrest Gump at IMAX | Melbourne Museum in Carlton
16th - 19th October | $25 Adult, $18 Child, $21 Concession, $75 Family
We're pretty excited about the Melbourne Salami Festa this month, and looking forward to the main event at the Northcote Town Hall on the 26th. However, tonight is officially the opening party of the Festa, with celebrations galore, featuring aperitivo and salami at Arteveneta in Prahran. Hosted by D.O.C, this Italian gastronomic tour includes some of the best pizza in Melbourne, with a new recipe crafted in tribute to the Melbourne Salami Festa! At a bargain $20pp, it's a wrap(ped salami).
Aperi-Cena presented by D.O.C, Melbourne Salami Festa Opening Night | Arteveneta in Prahran
$20pp | 7pm | Book here
Toby's Estate Coffee Roasters and Cafe in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, host a range of espresso classes at differing levels from the caffeine cravers to the coffee connoisseurs. Starting at level 1, Espresso Foundations, and progressing all the way to level 5, Latte Art, they also provide a range of classes for the home roasters or professional businesses. Expand your knowledge with one of these tantalising classes. Tonight's schedule is Latte Art and Brew Methods.
Toby's Estate Espresso Classes | Toby's Estate in Melbourne | Prices and times vary
Looking for things to do in Melbourne, shoppers? The Spring/Summer Finders Keepers Market is on again, and it's one of the best indie art and design markets going around! Running tonight (6pm-10pm) and tomorrow (10am-5pm) at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, Finders Keepers is proud to host 220 great designers, with a range of debut stalls to keep things fresh!
Finders Keepers Spring/Summer Market | Royal Exhibition Centre in Carlton | 17th & 18th October | $2 Entry
Get excited homemakers, builders, designers and renovators, The Grand Designs Live Home Show is here! With dreamy Kev in attendance (sorry Peter Maddison lovers, he'll be there too), there's information, advice, and inspiration for everyone, regardless of what level your undertaking. Running from today until Sunday, and with over 200 exhibitors, from homewares to industry professionals, there will be tips, tricks, demonstrations and VIP experiences aplenty!
The Grand Designs Live Home Show | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Wharf
Tickets Vary | 17th - 19th October
We love great combinations, and we're pretty sure markets and Chinatown go together like salt and caramel. In Melbourne's very own Chinatown in Heffernan Lane, you will find a market dedicated to Asian cuisine – the Chinatown Night Market! Celebrating delicious food, you can enjoy hawker-style fare late into the night. Dibs on dumplings!
Chinatown Night Market | Heffernan Lane in Melbourne | 4pm - 10pm
Want a taste of la dolce vita? This Friday, White Rabbit Entertainment, Two Italian Boys and Brunetti are hosting Sogni d'Oro 'Aperitivo Danzante' Act I, an evening of Italian drinks, dancing and delicious nosh at Brunetti's Carlton store. The evening will showcase Brunetti's delicious new menu, celebrate the launch of Two Italian Boys Prosecco DOC and even feature a live mozzarella making masterclass by That's Amore Cheese. Fun! Act I is just the start of a rollout of events that will happen in Melbourne every 6 weeks throughout the warmer months. It's a sweet deal too, with $25 including unlimited food all night and a complimentary cocktail. Bellisimo!
Sogni d'Oro 'Aperitivo Danzante' Act I | Brunetti in Carlton | 7pm 'til late | $25
Winers (and we mean the drinking variety), do yourself a favour and pour yourself into the WCA Royal Melbourne Wine Awards Trophy Winners Luncheon at Zinc in Federation Square. Celebrating the winners of the wine awards, this lunch also marks an occasion where the local wine industry can literally wine and dine while enjoying a feature debate with a panel of wine professionals!
Trophy Winners Luncheon | Zinc at Federation Square in Melbourne | $199 ($165 Members) | 12pm
Does three hours of indulging in chocolate, spring fashion and high tea sound like a dream come true to you? Then shimmy into your stilettos—or serious walking shoes—and sign up for the Chocolate and Spring Fashion High Tea Walk! Starting with a patisserie counter tour at RuCo Bar at the Grand Hyatt, visit Louise Macdonald Millinery Studio, pop into a chocolate store… or four (Haigh's, Chokolait, Koko Black and Cocoa Lab), and then finishing up at a royal-worthy high tea at the Tea Salon. Pamper yourself like a princess! Or prince. Stilettos optional (and not advised, unless they're made out of chocolate).
Chocolate and Spring Fashion High Tea Walk | Grand Hyatt in Melbourne | $89pp | 12pm
Village Melbourne's Ormond Hall is hosting the first of two epic Oktoberfest parties today! Think German biers on tap, gourmet bratwurst by the Mutter Krause Food Truck, and plenty of party-good times! Wunderbar!
Oktoberfest | Village Melbourne in Melbourne | Saturday 18th October and Friday 24th October at 6pm
What do fashion, food, and spring have in common? Sparkling! Bit of a stretch? Brooks in Melbourne don't think so! They're celebrating Sparkling Season, with sommelier Matt Brooke putting together four delicious tastes of bubbles from near and far. Accompanied by nibbles from chef Nic Poelaert, spend your Saturday in sparkling style.
Sparkling Season | Brooks in Melbourne | $90pp | From Saturday 18th October - Saturday 8th November
Get in your Tardis and travel to… today? No need for a time machine to attend Armageddon, an event that brings together the biggest international stars in sci-fi film and tv, gaming, anime and comic books! With Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), and Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) to give you your celeb fix, and plenty of activities to keep both big and little kids entertained! May the force be with you (that's about the extent of our references).
Armaggedon Expo Australia | Melbourne Showgrounds in Ascot Vale
$25 Adults, $12 Children | October 18th - 19th 9am - 6pm
What's on in Melbourne this Saturday? Why, the Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup Carnival of course! Featuring the finals of the Chadstone Fashion Stakes, and DJ Havana Brown performing to punters, for fashion, horse racing, and a fun-filled spring carnival party, place your bets on the Golden Ale Caulfield Cup Day! Want to arrive in style in the very first UberCHOPPER ride in Australia? Sure you do!
Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup | Caulfield Racecourse in Caulfield East | 11am | Tickets vary
Point your compass due East, Listers, as Eastland welcomes Sally Spratt, celebrated Australian illustrator. Creating custom 'Lust Lists' with key looks available throughout the retail centre, Spratt will be on hand to illustrate artworks for shoppers. Take home your very own custom artwork, and brag that you've got the same artist displayed in your home as Olivia Palermo and J Hawk. This is a one-day only event, so don't miss out and snap up some snazzy artwork!
Custom Lust List with Sally Spratt | Eastland in Ringwood
Get fired up, Urban Listers, for Olivigna Winery in Warrandyte's Fireball charity event! Sip wine, eat food and dance, all in the name of raising funds for Warrandyte's CFA! Tickets are $120 and are all-inclusive, but if you're feeling particularly generous to the cause, you can sponsor a fire fighter's ticket to come along too. Make a smoking hot impression on the dance floor, (or maybe that's just too much chilli?) and attend the Fireball at Olivigna to make a positive difference. Flambé anyone?
Fireball | Olivigna Winery in Warrandyte | $120pp ($240 to sponsor a firefighter)
Melbourne marketeers, get excited! The Aspendale Gardens Community Centre's Indoor Twilight Market is back this Saturday, boasting oodles of handmade goods, a sausage sizzle, jumping castle and lots of other activities for little (and big!) kiddies. Get involved, people!
Indoor Twilight Market | Aspendale Gardens Community Centre | 4 – 8pm
Want a festival full of gourmet, gastronomic good-times, that you can get-down-and-groove to? Well with 30 stalls of the best regional foodie fare, artisan delicacies, food demonstrations, and free kids entertainment, there's fun promised for the whole family at the Harvest 'n' Graze Festival at Rippon Lea Estate. Australian music royalty like the Black Sorrows, Ross Wilson, Diesel and Jason Singh (Taxiride), will headline this day to relax and enjoy fine food, company and celebrate the seasonal harvest.
Harvest 'n' Graze Festival | Rippon Lea Estate in Elsternwick | $49.90 online or $55 at the gate
Get a little bit fancy today, and book brunch at The Botanical in South Yarra to experience an exclusive and rare champagne celebration! Champagne Pommery are celebrating 140 years of business, and their ninth generation Chef de Cave, Thierry Gasco will be popping his… bottle, in visiting Australia for the first time! With a champagne tasting from the Pommery range, and a delicious brunch designed to match, don't miss out on this popping occasion.
Pommery Champagne Brunch | The Botanical in South Yarra | $95
Want to know where to find some of the best fresh produce, local handmade goodies and great market vibes in Melbourne? For the first and third Sunday of every month, Newport hosts The Substation Farmers Market. Brought to you by Melbourne's Farmers Markets, this is a great market that guarantees customers fresh seasonal produce direct from the producers. Say goodbye to the middleman, and hello to a great produce market in Newport!
The Substation Farmers Market | Newport | 9am - 1pm
Last weekend saw the opening of the opening of the epic MPavillion, featuring a public program of 118 free events! Today sees a series of interactive talks presented by the Wheeler Centre, with a twist. Discussing shows performed as part of the Melbourne Festival, the artists speaking at this event will be talking about works outside their own practice. This cross-disciplinary discussion is bound to be entertaining for art appreciators and novices alike.
Eavesdropping on Artists | MPavillion in Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne | Free | 6pm - 7pm
Speaking of the Melbourne Festival, have you checked out their impressive program yet, Listers? If you're looking for something arty, cultural or entertaining to do this weekend, then hurry up and check out the Melbourne Festival! With only a week left, there's so much to see (or miss out on if you're lazy!). Tonight is world-renowned circus performers, Circa, in a collaboration with the Debussy Quartet from France. This impressive work showcases the artistic talent and power of Circa, complemented by the thrilling and passionate sounds of the Debussy Quartet. Definitely a unique combination!
Opus: Circa and Debussy Quartet | The Melbourne Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne State Theatre
5pm | Tickets vary
Hip hip hooray! This Sunday, Hero is taking over The Grange to celebrate their first birthday. Participate in a 3 on 3 basketball shootout competition, for the sweet grand prize of a $600 Kickz101 voucher. Chill out with a pot of Brunswick Bitter, check out pop up stalls by Sneaker Freaker, Boywolf, and Watermelon Sundae, all to the sweetly spun tunes of Re Up DJs. Oh yeah, there'll also be live graffiti by Lukas Penney and Urban Enhancement. It ain't just a feast for your eyes, folks – Hero will be serving up free tasting of their new summer menu, including 12 sandwich flavours designed by their fans. Boss.
Hero Birthday Party Mashup | The Grange in Melbourne | 4- 10pm | Reservations essential
With some many great things to do in Melbourne this weekend, you'd be mad to stay indoors knitting Fido a sweater. Plus, it's a toasty 28 degrees this weekend so...animal cruelty.
Image credit: The Bojon Gourmet.